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Manchester United are back; this time in Singapore and up against a slightly stronger side than Leeds and Perth Glory as they face Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup.
It is very clear that Solskjaer is working on a fluid front three, with Daniel James and Greenwood impressing alongside Rashford. Juan Mata was terrific against Leeds in the number 10 role.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was also excellent against Leeds and looks to be a shrewd signing. Paul Pogba is now seemingly leaning towards staying at Old Trafford, though, and the midfielder’s two performances this summer suggest that he is committed to the cause. The same cannot be said for Romelu Lukaku, however, as he (being firmly linked with Inter) is yet to feature this summer due to fitness problems. Inter will be looking to build on their friendly win over last weekend when they take on United in Singapore. The Italian giants are behind when it comes to preparations for the new campaign, but are hungry for a positive result. It is no secret that the club wish to sign Lukaku from United. For now, Inter must focus on their preparations for the new season. Conte has not included Mauro Icardi in his travelling squad, suggesting that the controversial striker will be leaving the club this summer.
Although David de Gea has missed two pre season games while a hamstring injury prevented Luke Shaw from featuring, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that both players should be ready to face Inter.
Lukaku is unfit and therefore not expected to feature.
Brazilian midfielder Fred and Darmian are set to join up the team in Singapore. James has started both of the club’s pre-season matches this summer and could now drop out, with the likes of Chris Smalling, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard expected to come in for the Inter clash.
Greenwood has played outstandingly during his two performances on the right and could keep his spot as Solskjaer considers his team selection for the clash with Chelsea.
Inter played a 3-5-2 in their friendly against Lugano at the weekend, with Stefano Sensi and Marcelo Brozovic on the scoresheet for the Italian giants in what proved to be a 2-1 win.
Conte is again expected to deploy the same formation, with Ivan Perisic keeping his spot despite the speculation surrounding the Croatian international’s future.
Milan Skriniar (previously linked with United) will line up in central defence, with 18-year-old Edoardo Vergani also potentially being given the chance to impress in the final third.
As mentioned, Nainggolan has also been included in the squad despite the speculation surrounding his future, but the absence of Icardi, who has scored over 120 times for the club in all competitions, has left a gaping hole in the final third of the field.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Pogba, Matic; Martial, Lingard, Greenwood; Rashford
Inter Milan possible starting lineup:Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Skriniar; Perisic, Sensi, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Candreva; Vergani, Esposito
Head To Head
These two teams have only met on four occasions in competitive fixtures. Both came over two-legged knockout Champions League ties and United eliminated Inter on both occasions.
The last time that these two sides met in a pre-season clash was back in 2014, with United winning 5-3 on penalties after a goalless draw in the United States.